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  1. I tried Jealous Devil for the first time a few weeks ago. It's not cheap (think I paid $50 for a 35lb bag on Amazon). It's good stuff - lots of large pieces. It seemed to spark a little less and take a little longer to get going but it was not significantly different (could be the bigger pieces). I've also tried Fogo Premium, which is similar. Like many others here, my go to is Royal Oak mainly b/c it's cheap, available at Home Depot (not Lowes where I am in Cincy) and usually consistent. I like it better than Cowboy. The last bag was a little disappointing, however - lots of small pieces, few medium and no large. That's unusual for R.O. in my experience. I plan to try B&B next based on a lot of favorable opinions here. One other brand I've used is Simple Truth, which I think is a Kroger brand. Can't get it in big bags but it's on par with R.O. IMO. My $.02. But above all experiment and have fun with it!
  2. I've used a Oak ridge rubs - Dominator Sweet rub and Competition Beef & Pork rub. These are very good. https://www.oakridgebbq.com/about-us/oakridge-bbq-competition-rubs-spices/ I used Meathead Goldwyn's Big Bad Beef rub on my last brisket and it produced the best bark. I'll use this one again. https://amazingribs.com/tested-recipes/spice-rubs-and-pastes/big-bad-beef-rub-recipe
  3. A fine idea indeed. I've done them in the past. Now I'm hungry
  4. So in planning dinner for the next few days, I mentioned to my wife that I've got a frozen butt in there that I have to eventually cook. She said no and she's just sick of pulled pork (even though I've done exactly 1 so far this year). She then asked "do you have to pull it? Can you do something else with it?". I just chuckled and immediately came here. Very timely. Thank you for that. I think I'll put her on the scratch tortillas. She's a good cook just doesn't understand my obsession with cooking outside with smoke and fire
  5. Thanks for that. It looks absolutely delicious. Looking for new things to try in this extended home bound period. Might have to try this one.
  6. Primo Oval XL with an Akorn Jr. has been serving me well. Building an outdoor kitchen this Spring and plan to add a small built-in gasser mainly for fish and searing. Any recommendations ?
  7. I started with an Akorn. After some mods to seal it up better (you can search here for the procedure. I forget who posted but it was very detailed), it was great. Can't beat the price-performance ratio. But I wanted something a little bigger and ceramic. In retrospect I would have been just find keeping the Akorn but well I wanted another toy. I finally opted for a Primo Oval XL. Really like the oval shape. It has been great. I recently bought an Akorn Jr. for camping, picnics etc... It's fantastic (and it doesn't weigh a ton). And I use it to sear/reverse sear as well. I think you'll like the Vision. Not as expensive as KJ, BGE or Primo. They all make fantastic food but you definitely have to get used to how yours heats and where the hot spots are etc... The good part is practicing is damn fun (and yummy). Enjoy!
  8. Agree with pretty much all the above. Butts are very forgiving. I've injected the last couple times and I think it makes it a little moister but really personal preference. I've done overnight I've started at o'dark 30. Either works. The great thing about butts (insert joke there) is it's really hard to totally screw it up. Experiment and have fun!
  9. I made these a couple weeks ago. They were a big hit (I know I know - lame to not have any pics). Thanks John for another great recipe.
  10. I also have a Fireboard. I wanted wifi access and already had a ThermaQ (which I also like very much). I'm having an issue with the pit probe on both units. Other than that it's been really good. I got the weatherproof case and, although it's a little pricey, it's definitely worth it IMO.
  11. I've had one for a couple of years. The remote functions fine. The food probe is good and accurate. But the pit probe wasn't even close - more than 100 F off. I would fluctuate widely as well. It seemed to be defective so I ordered another one. Same thing. It was all over the place and essentially useless. I suppose the unit itself might be defective but it's out of warranty and I upgraded to a TermaQ, which has been perfect.
  12. Hi Sammy. And welcome. Like a number of folks here I started with the Akorn. Some, including me, had to do some minor modifications to seal it up which allows for better temp control. As you have learned, always start with a full load of lump. You can search here for Akorn mods and you'll find some of the more common things to do. It's a great cooker though so don't get discouraged. Half the fun of all this is experimenting. Again, welcome!
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